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Children Without a StateA Global Human Rights Challenge$
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Jacqueline Bhabha

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015271

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015271.001.0001

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To Register or Not to Register? Legal Identity, Birth Registration, and Inclusive Development

To Register or Not to Register? Legal Identity, Birth Registration, and Inclusive Development

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(p.307) 13 To Register or Not to Register? Legal Identity, Birth Registration, and Inclusive Development
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Children Without a State
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Caroline Vandenabeele

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015271.003.0013

This chapter takes an empirical and pragmatic view of legal identity, birth registration, and inclusive development questions. Intensive research and experiences in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Cambodia provide the basis for the empirical information. A connection between legal identity documentation and access to benefits and opportunities, and between birth registration and human rights protection, is described, with Nepal as the empirical source. Barriers including financial, legal, and political, among others, in obtaining birth registration documentation in Nepal’s context are also discussed. A case study on the risks related to the demand-based approach to birth registration based on Bangladesh’s empirical data is presented.

Keywords:   legal identity, birth registration, empirical data, Nepal, Bangladesh, human-rights protection

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